US 50/301 repaving on Kent Is­land be­gins

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STEVENSVILLE — The Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion started resur­fac­ing nearly five miles of west­bound US 50/301 (Blue Star Memo­rial High­way) be­tween the Kent Nar­rows Bridge and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge this week. The work was orig­i­nally planned to be­gin Mon­day night but was post­poned 72 hours to al­low for clean up and re­cov­ery fol­low­ing Mon­day morn­ing’s tor­nado. Weather per­mit­ting, all work will be com­plete by early fall.

Work in­cludes milling/ grind­ing (re­mov­ing the top layer of as­phalt), patch­ing, paving and re­strip­ing. To min­i­mize pub­lic im­pacts, crews will work Sun­day nights through Fri­day morn­ings be­tween 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Two of the three west­bound travel lanes may be closed and mo­torists should al­low ex­tra time for overnight travel. MDOT SHA will also resur­face the 266-space Park and Ride lot on Thomp­son Creek Road, near the in­ter­sec­tion of US 50/301 and MD 8 (Ro­man­coke Road).

Work hours and lane clo­sures may be ad­justed as needed in re­sponse to traf­fic con­di­tions.

As­phalt resur­fac­ing im­proves safety by pro­vid­ing im­proved trac­tion and drainage, ex­tends road life and pro­vides a smoother ride. The new pave­ment mark­ings that ac­com­pany resur­fac­ing pro­jects also en­hance safety through im­proved vis­i­bil­ity at night and dur­ing in­clement weather.

MDOT SHA re­cently resur­faced west­bound US 50/301 from Queen­stown to the Kent Nar­rows Bridge and plans to ad­dress east­bound US 50/301 in the same ar­eas in 2018-19.

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